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Writing Competitions

Writing competitions are a great way for students to sharpen their legal writing skills, get published, and possibly win cash prizes.

Please visit the AccessLex Institute for currently available legal contest opportunities.

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See also the American Bar Association's list of writing competitions and law student contests.

Chapman Albin Scholarship for Law Students
Entry deadline: June 15
Topic: 300-500 word essay, argue for or against this proposition: "Social media outlets have a responsibility to block content which is (1) patently or demonstrably false, and (2) likely to incite violence."
Award: $1,000 scholarship to recipients law school
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2020-21 College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition.
Entry deadline: June 15
The first-place award is $3,000 and publication in the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law.
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American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Entry deadline: July 1
Topic: Issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Award: Cash prize of $5,000
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